SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--iMemories, the exclusive Internet-based destination for preserving, customizing and sharing home movie collections, today announced that former Cold Stone Creamery CEO Doug Ducey has become the lead investor in the company’s latest round of financing, and will serve as Chairman of the Board. Ducey joins iMemories to help lead the company’s national expansion.
Founded in 2006, iMemories is now the first company to integrate digital conversion of family films and videotapes with seamless online sharing, director-style editing and storage capabilities. With the launch of iMemories’ online services, the company becomes the only digital conversion provider and online host for the billions of media assets gathering dust in closets, garages and attics worldwide. This model allows iMemories to reach millions of new customers seeking a simple, cost-effective way to preserve and share entire home movie collections with family and friends.
“iMemories has the ability to be a powerful ‘online’ experience, much like Cold Stone Creamery created a powerful ‘in-store’ experience. The brand engages you and the technology unlocks emotions in a way only possible by viewing your own personal memories,” said Ducey. “iMemories has the potential to change the way consumers experience and share home movies. When I used iMemories and was able to watch and share family home movies that were all but forgotten, I knew the service and experience had tremendous potential to catch fire with consumers.”
Prior to joining iMemories, Ducey served as CEO of Cold Stone Creamery from 1995 through 2007. During his tenure, Ducey grew the ice cream brand from a single store in Arizona to more than 1,400 stores worldwide serving millions. In May 2007, Ducey and Cold Stone Creamery founder Don Sutherland merged the company with Kahala Corp. Prior to Cold Stone, Ducey served in sales and marketing executive positions with Anheuser-Busch and Procter & Gamble.
To date, iMemories has transformed more than 100,000 personal home movie films, camcorder videos, photos and slides into studio quality, professionally packaged DVDs or Blue-ray Discs. All iMemories customers can instantly access and view digitally-converted home movies in a personal and secure online theater by simply clicking an email link. By providing custom scene indexes and interactive online menus, iMemories is the only digital conversion provider that allows consumers to easily identify, organize and customize home movies without having to upload and edit their own content.
“Doug’s proven ability to build a successful high growth consumer brand with Cold Stone Creamery will be a tremendous asset to iMemories as we roll out nationally,” said Mark Rukavina, Founder and CEO of iMemories. “Over the last two years, iMemories created and designed advanced technology that allows families to preserve, organize and share digitally re-mastered home movies with loved ones and friends online. I know that Doug will deliver strategic guidance to iMemories as we grow on a national scale.”
As the exclusive Internet-based destination for preserving, customizing and sharing home movie collections, iMemories is transforming the way people enjoy and share personal motion picture memories. iMemories’ innovative and easy-to-use Web experience allows consumers to customize, share and permanently preserve family home movie collections – securely and privately online. At iMemories’ 11,000 square-foot fiber-optic studio, production professionals reliably transform deteriorating home movies on all formats into digitally re-mastered treasures that are easily enjoyed and shared on DVD, online and on mobile devices. Founded and led by new media entrepreneur Mark Rukavina, iMemories is privately held and based in Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information, visit www.imemories.com.